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Palestinians mull war crime charges against Israel

| |Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is seeking written pledges of support from all political factions, including rival Hamas, before making any attempt to press for possible war crimes charges against Israel, senior officials said Thursday.

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds voter ID law

| |Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld a requirement Thursday that voters show photo identification at the polls, but the law remains blocked in federal court.

Contradicting earlier claims, CIA admits it improperly accessed Senate computers

| |Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

CIA personnel improperly accessed computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee to compile a report on the agency’s use of harsh interrogation methods , according to an internal CIA investigation, contradicting denials of such intrusions by spy chief John Brennan.

New Mexico city OKs funds to lure 'The Bachelor'

|Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

A sharply divided Santa Fe City Council has voted to spend up to $100,000 to try to lure "The Bachelor" to the northern New Mexico city.

Obama to sign executive order requiring companies to fess up bad behavior

| |Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

President Obama today will sign an executive order aimed at requiring prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations.

Prize-winning goat disappears from Colorado fair

|Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

Police in Greeley, Colorado, are investigating who's got the goat — a grand champion animal that vanished this week from a county fair.

Sudan woman who faced death over faith heads to US

|Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, which was later overturned, left Europe on Thursday for the United States, where she will make her new home.

US stocks plunge, wiping out July's gains

| |Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

U.S. stocks plunged Thursday, putting the market on track for its first monthly loss since January. Major indexes started lower and the losses accelerated as the day went on. The slide interrupted a prolonged advance in the market and put it on course for its first monthly loss since January. The Standard & Poor's 500 index reached its latest record high just one week ago. It's currently 2.7 percent below that level.

Wildfire eases near giant Yosemite sequoias

|Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

The section of a wildfire burning close to one of Yosemite National Park's treasured giant sequoia groves died down and got no closer to the grove, park officials said Thursday morning.

Repairing burst Los Angeles main could take days

| |Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inundated the campus.